Mirror reflective element for a vehicle

  • US 7,338,177 B2
  • Filed: 11/19/2004
  • Issued: 03/04/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/26/2003
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • a prismatic mirror element, said prismatic mirror element comprising a first element, said first element being a wedge-shaped prism element having a front surface and a rear surface, said front surface generally facing a driver of the vehicle when said interior rearview mirror assembly is installed in the vehicle, said rear surface being opposite said front surface, said front surface being slanted at an angle relative to said rear surface;

    said prismatic mirror element further comprising a second element, said second element being a substrate having a transflective reflector coated on a first surface thereof, said transflective reflector coated first surface of said second element being attached to said rear surface of said first element via an optically matching medium, wherein said optically matching medium is sandwiched between said transflective reflector on said first surface of said second element and said rear surface of said first element; and

    at least one display element positioned to the rear of said second element of said prismatic mirror element and operable to display information through said second element, through said transflective reflector, through said optically matching medium and through said first element of said prismatic mirror element so as to be viewable by the driver of the vehicle when said display element is operated so as to emit visible light.

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